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A photo of the upcoming Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk have leaked prior to their official unveiling at IFA 2014 in a few days. The Sony SmartWatch 3 will feature a 1.68" display with a 320x320 pixel resolution. It'll have IP58 certification under its strap and run Android Wear instead of regular Android with a Sony skin on top. As for the SmartBand Talk, it features a curved e-ink display and Bluetooth connectivity. The fitness tracker wearable should also be able to alert of phone notifications, but no further details are available at this point. But that's not all, as the company also teased we're about to go into deep waters with its latest products. On its UK Twitter account, Sony says it will "be getting deep at IFA". Its promo image suggests its upcoming devices will all be able to go even deeper than 2m. Current Xperia phones can only survive a dive of up to a 1.5m. Sony's IFA 2014 press conference is scheduled for September 4, so stay tuned to get splashed with the company's latest waterproof products. Source • Source...


We already revealed the European pricing and launch details of the upcoming Moto G2. The phone is expected to go on sale in Europe on September 10 for €250. Now Zauba has managed to acquire the import data for the G2 that reveals the pricing for the 16GB model in India. According to the import data, the import price is ₹10,640, which pegs the actual retail price around ₹13,000. The data also shows that 70,000 units of the 16GB model have been imported in black and white (it seems only 16GB variant will be available this time). Flipkart will once again be the reseller for the G2. Motorola is holding an event in India on September 5 in New Delhi before the European launch, which is when we will find out more concrete information about the phone. Source Thanks for sending this in...


Two new images of the upcoming Moto X+1 have surfaced, courtesy of TK Tech News. The latest images show the front and back of the phone. Along the front we see the loudspeaker below the display as on the Moto E but it's not sure if the one above the display is a second loudspeaker or just the earpiece. There are also the four sensors in the four corners of the phone similar to the Amazon Fire but their functionality remains a mystery. On the back we see the camera with an oversized Motorola logo. The logo is actually a power button, which explains its side. The ring around the camera lens has a flash built into it. The picture shows the phone with a wood finish back and aluminum frame around the side. The source says the phone will be available in multiple material options for the back, including plastic, wood, leather, denim, and even a carbon fiber option that will apparently be exclusive to Verizon. Motorola event is slated for September 4, which is just three days away from now. We should find out more then. Source •...


The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is just days away from being officially announced at the IFA trade show in Berlin, and the leaks keep piling up. The latest is in the form of a UAProf found on Samsung's mobile site, which confirms a large number of the devices' specifications. Besides the SM-N920T model number, there's confirmation of a QHD display at 1440 x 2560px resolution. Also possibly listed is the presence of a 64-bit processor. These latest bits of information can be added to what else we've heard regarding the device, including the 5.7-inch display, S-Pen, and USB 3.0 port alongside the fingerprint sensor and heart rate monitor introduced with the Galaxy S5. The device will also be one of the first to run Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 805 variant, which is hinted at making an appearance on the SM-N910S model of the Note 4. We'll be covering the Note 4 launch live from Berlin on September 3, so be sure to check back with us then for all the juicy details, as well as full IFA 2014 coverage all of next week. Meanwhile, check out the latest glimpse of the Galaxy Note 4 poster for IFA. Source 1 | Via (Dutch) | Source 2...


The Motorola Moto G was so close to perfection - beautiful design, reasonable speed and performance, excellent display, capable camera and the pure Android experience at a bargain price. And we mean the kind of price that makes any quirk or omission easily forgiven. Like limited storage or a poor camera. By throwing in LTE and a card slot, the Moto G 4G makes sure there's a lot less to forgive...


We already knew Lenovo had an IFA event planned for Sept. 4, but the event invite is rather interesting on its own. The invite shows in a straightforward way that the Lenovo Vibe X2 will be the centerpiece of the event. The lolipop is also a certain clue that the new device will be running Android L. The last tiny piece of interest on Lenovo's invite is a friendly jab to Apple for their recent invite, which claimed the company wished it could say more about their event, which will surely be all about the iPhone 6. The Lenovo Vibe X2 has not made the headlines that often as the likes of the Note 4 or the iPhone in question, but a recent leak surely suggests it's a proper flagship-grade device. It will have a 2.2 GHz octa-core CPU, a 5-inch 1080p touchscreen, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, and a 5 MP front snapper for selfies. Anyway, the IFA 2014 starts next week, and we're sure to be hit by a torrent of new devices. Stay tuned, we'll be on the ground in Berlin, covering it all live as it...


To say that the first two weeks of next month will be incredibly busy in the mobile world would be a huge understatement. Next week, (almost) every Android device maker under the sun will unveil something new right before the IFA trade show in Berlin gets underway. Then, on September 9 Apple is set to finally reveal the bigger iPhone everyone's been talking about for ages. ZTE, however, wants to be different. Unlike perpetual competitor Huawei, this Chinese smartphone maker is going to wait until all the other announcements are over and the excitement around them dies down somewhat. Then, and only then, will it hold an event of its own. This will take place in New York City on September 16, and ZTE has posted a Vine video as the invite. You can view that in its seven-second entirety at the Source link below. The image above is an excerpt. It's still unclear what exactly ZTE will unveil at this gathering, but it promises to be "the next hot thing". It's interesting to note that the Vine was posted by the company's arm in the US. So presumably whatever the device will be, it's going to be sold on the US market. That's not something that happens often with ZTE wares, though recently we've seen the Nubia 5S Mini being offered there sans contract via Amazon. Maybe that will be the case for the new handset too. Source |...


The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 is clearly going to be introduced next week, on September 4 to be precise. It's on that day that Huawei will hold a pre-IFA press conference, and given all the teasers it's been releasing lately, it's pretty clear what we should expect. In the meantime, the much leaked Ascend Mate 7 has once again decided to star in a photo shoot somewhere in the wild. The pictures aren't the highest quality, but they are enough to give us yet another confirmation about the phone's design, as well as the fact that it will come with a fingerprint scanner on its back. This has actually been more or less acknowledged by Huawei itself through a recent teaser. The Ascend Mate 7 is expected to feature a 6-inch 1080p touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, and a 5 MP front snapper. It's due to be powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 920 chipset, which will come with a CPU having four 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four Cortex-A7 battery-friendly cores. Speaking of which, the new phablet could come with a 4,000 mAh cell. The Ascend Mate 7 has also been rumored to pack 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage. Huawei officials have even apparently said that the Ascend Mate 7 is going to be "by far" the best big-screen phone around, and that it's built like it's worth more than CNY 5,000 ($813). Don't panic, however, for Huawei certainly won't price it that high. The company is, after all, known for decently priced offerings with good specs, and we can't remember ever seeing a Huawei device in such a price range. Source (in Chinese) |...


The Week In Review is our series meant to recap all the major announcements of the week, which you might have missed. Week 35 was mainly about the Apple and Samsung, again, and their upcoming top dogs. Two companies unveiled smartwatches this week, while HTC put out its first 64-bit phone and LG revealed an affordable phablet with a stylus. .news-item .n-left { float: left; width: 16%; text-align: center; margin-left: -13px; } .news-item .n-right { float: left; width: 84%; } .news-item a { padding-bottom: 0; padding-left: 0; } .news-item .n-right h2, .reviews-item .n-right h2 { clear: both; padding: 0 0 3px 0px; font: 400 19px Oswald, Arial; margin-top: -4px; } .n-right p { line-height: 155%; } .news-item { padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 10px; border-top: 1px solid #ccc; } .news-item p { margin-left: 0; } .n-right h2 a { text-decoration: none; color: #000; } Apple iPhone 6 compared to iPhone 5 in live photos Now we have a better idea of just how that will stack up to the 4-inch iPhone 5 thanks to a handful of live shots out of China. The rounded sides and thinner design are among the other changes noticed, but the larger screen diagonal will firmly move into a more modern era of smartphones... New iPhone 6 images emerge, September 9 mentioned again The Apple iPhone 6 rumors are starting to pour in frantically as the launch event nears. The latest one clings to the September 9 announcement date instead of the September 19 one and complements the statement with a list of the specs and a ton of pictures of the phone itself and the retail box... Official Samsung Galaxy Note 4 wallpaper leaks out The official Samsung Galaxy Note 4 wallpaper made the rounds online. The colorful image confirms the QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution of the upcoming phablet's display. The original size of the image is 2560 x 2560 pixels. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will debut at a global Unpacked event next week, on September 3... Leaked iPhone 6 manual shows brand new design The previous iPhone 6 box we saw proved to be fake but here's something that may be more plausible. What you see here is a small card that allegedly will come inside the new iPhone boxes - it serves as a sort of manual for the iPhone. The card shows a diagram of all buttons on the Apple iPhone 6, including the Power button... Nexus X specs and Android version confirmed in benchmark The yet to be revealed Nexus X smartphone made yet another appearance in AnTuTu. Made by Motorola, the device is expected to debut at some point this fall with proper flagship specs on board. The leaked AnTuTu screenshots confirm the device's previously leaked specs... Apple iPhone 6 to come with Phosphorus co-processor Codenamed Phosphorus the M8 co-processor is said to be able to collect more information than the M7 in the Apple A7 chip currently does - that is more than the accelerometer, gyrscope and GPS. Phosphorus is said to be able to gather information from various wearables and built-in sensors regarding heart rate... HTC confirms Desire 820 to pack 64-bit Snapdragon 615 chipset 64-bit smartphones are already a reality with the iPhone 5s while several manufacturers are competing to be the first to bring a 64-bit Android to market. HTC might claim that title with the mid-range Desire 820. The short text accompanying the second teaser image claims this is the "world's first octa-core 64-bit phone"... Two more Samsung Galaxy Note 4 teasers are now out Samsung released two more Galaxy Note 4 teaser videos. The phablet is set to debut in less than two weeks, on September 3. The new videos feature the same "Ready to note?" theme like the previous two, but focus on long-time Samsung Galaxy Note users. The latter talk about their life with Samsung's phablet... LG G Watch R gets unveiled with round P-OLED display LG took the wraps off the decidedly premium G Watch R. The Android Wear device will be showcased at the company's booth...


A couple of weeks ago a leaked video told us that the HTC One (E8) would be headed to Sprint in the US, and today the carrier has announced that the smartphone is available for order. So you can already go ahead to Sprint's website and purchase the One (E8) in either Polar White or Misty Gray. The price you'll need to pay for this handset varies based on what method you choose. If you want to go the traditional two-year contract route, it will set you back $99.99. If you want to use Sprint's Easy Pay installment plan, you shell out nothing upfront, then followed by 23 monthly payments of $20.84 and a final 24th payment of $20.67. The HTC One (E8) comes with a 5-inch 1080p Super LCD3 touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, as well as a 5 MP front snapper for selfies. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with a 2.3 GHz quad-core CPU, aided by 2GB of RAM. Internal storage is 16GB, expandable via microSD cards. LTE support is obviously in tow, and a 2,600 mAh battery keeps things juiced up. The One (E8) runs Android 4.4 KitKat. Interestingly, the official press renders show that Sprint hasn't added its logo anywhere on the...


Just yesterday the Lenovo Vibe X2 was spotted getting certified for sale in China by TENAA, the relevant authority for this purpose. That event yielded a few pictures of the device, but they were rather blurry and low quality. Today a new set of images showing the Lenovo Vibe X2 has been uncovered in China, and these ones are of the hands-on type, showing the smartphone in all its glory. Lenovo Vibe X2 The design of the Vibe X2 is much more clear in this set of pictures, as are the three mysterious metal contacts on the phone's back. They could be used for connecting an accessory or two. As you have undoubtedly noticed from the images showing its sides, this handset comes with a pretty unique design feature. It looks like it's made up from three separate sheets of metal, each of a different color, which have been stacked on top of one another to form the X2's body. It's unclear if you'll be able to feel three individual bits when you touch the device, but it's an interesting effect nevertheless. The Lenovo Vibe X2 will come in two versions, one with an octa-core CPU and the other with a 2.2 GHz dual-core part. Both will get a 5-inch 1080p touchscreen, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, and a 5 MP front snapper for selfies. The new smartphone should be out in the third week of September. Source (in Chinese) |...


Next week Microsoft has a pre-IFA event scheduled in Berlin, during which it's widely been expected to unveil two new smartphones - the Lumia 830 and the Lumia 730. However, it turns out that a third device may join them - the Lumia 735. This is basically going to be the LTE-capable version of the oft-leaked Lumia 730, which itself will apparently only come in a 3G dual-SIM iteration. The Lumia 730 and Lumia 735 are allegedly pictured next to each other in the images you see above and below this paragraph. They seem to have starred in a photo shoot over in China. That said, both handsets look like they have a 4G connection at the moment of the shots, so we may in fact be staring at two of the Lumia 735's color versions, the most conservative ones actually: white and black. Undoubtedly, we're bound to see many more daring hues for this model, like for its non-LTE capable sibling. Previously rumored specs for the Lumia 730 talked about it coming with a 4.7-inch 720p touchscreen, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a 5 MP front-facing camera that will probably be the main selling point of the device. So yes, look for Microsoft to try and exploit the selfie craze as best it can. The Lumia 730 has been said to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with a 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU. It should sport a polycarbonate unibody construction, and on-screen software buttons. Keeping things running will be a 2,000 mAh battery. All of these specs are probably going to be found on the Lumia 735 as well, with the only difference between the phones being the types of connectivity they each support, and the price of course. The 3G model could cost around $240. Source (in Chinese) |...


HTC already unveiled one of the first Android smartphones with a 64-bit Snapdragon chipset, the Desire 510, but it's saving the higher-end phone for IFA. The HTC Desire 820 teasers initially suggested it will be the first phone with a 64-bit octa-core processor. One of the popular leaker accounts on Twitter has provided more info on the device - it will be a 5.5" phablet with a 720p screen, 13MP main camera, 8MP front-facing camera (!) and a 2,600mAh battery. The chipset is listed as MSM8916, which is the same Snapdragon 410 chipset with quad-core processor that the Desire 510 is based on. It will allegedly come paired with 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. The octa-core info came from a post on Chinese social network Weibo so there could be two versions of the Desire 820, HTC has put out more powerful, Asia-only versions before. Or it could be that the rumored info is wrong, we'll find out for sure next...


The latest smartphone manufacturer sales metrics provided by consumer analytics firm Kantar Worldpanel show that Android has increased its US market share by over 11 points compared to last year, for the three month period ending in July. Most of this gain comes at the expense of iOS, which has lost 11.8 points over the same period. Growth in other markets is equally impressive, with sales in countries like Mexico breaking the 80% mark - a 17.6 point increase over the 3 month period ending in July 2013. China has also seen a healthy boost in OS sales, with Android gaining 8.4 points to rest at 84.6% - all at the expense of competing mobile OSs like iOS and Windows Phone, which lost 5.6 and 1.5 points, respectively. This latest increase in Asia is attributed by Kantar to local handset manufacturers like Xiaomi and Huawei, with the former boasting a whopping 31.6% share in China. The trend is expected to continue internationally as well, as these players are expected to continue their expansion into outside markets. Not all local brands have seen success, however, as ZTE, Lenovo, and Oppo have all seen their shares drop. The big five European markets - Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain - reflect the same strong Android presence with a 4 point increase over last year. This is attributed largely to Samsung, which saw sales of its Galaxy S5 flagship in the UK take 11.5% of all handset sales, making it the best-selling unit in the UK. Windows Phone also saw increases in key markets, attributed to recent models like the Lumia 630 and 930. Great Britain, Italy, and Spain all saw healthy increases in WP sales figures, with the latter coming even at the expense of Android. Source |...


It's been a few months since our previous Smartphone buyer's guide and the mobile market has shifted significantly since then. It's a buyer's market as they say, cheap phones have become better and flagships have become cheaper...


The rumor mill sees Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 teaser videos and raises a short hands-on video. The video comes from Vietnam and features the phablet in a dummy box that conceals its design. To the right of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is an S Pen stylus in a black/gold color scheme. The stylus has a button, same as before. The device itself is the N910H, which should be based on Exynos 5433. Samsung's new chipset beat Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 in leaked AnTuTu benchmarks. There's going to be a Snapdragon 805 version too. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be announced at IFA on September 3. It's expected to have a 5.7" Super AMOLED screen with QHD resolution (1,440 x 2,560 pixels, 515ppi), 16MP OIS camera and strange, unique sensors like a retinal scanner and a UV light sensor. Source (in...


An unidentified Motorola device passed through the FCC yesterday. Not much is known about the device, except its dimensions, which measure around 140mm for the height and 72.6mm for the width. Considering the dimensions of the device and the timing of the FCC inspection, it would be fair to assume this is the soon to be announced Moto X+1, which has been heavily leaked recently. Motorola is holding an event on September 3, where it is expected to announce the successor to the Moto X, along with the pricing information for the Moto 360. Source •...


A couple of days after allowing us to catch a glimpse of its specs in CPU-Z, the yet to be announced Nexus 9 tablet showed up in the AnTuTu benchmark database. The HTC-made Android 5.0 tablet posted the impressive score of 45,923 in the popular benchmark. Nexus 9 in AnTuTu (click to enlarge) The data from AnTuTu confirms the Nexus 9 specs we already know. They include 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 SoC with top clock speed of 2.5GHz (it explains the higher benchmark score than the non-64bit version we tested in the Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9). The AnTuTu cameo of the Nexus 9 also reveals that the tablet will be available with LTE connectivity when official. The cellular connectivity was confirmed by the presence of an IMEI number on the device. Rumored specs of the Nexus 9 include 8.9" display with 2048x1440 pixels, 16 or 32GB of built-on memory, 8MP camera, and built-in stereo speakers. The slate will likely debut at some point in Q3 this year. Source |...


Apple has just sent invitations to the press for an upcoming event on September 9. The rumors have pinpointed the date already, so it is hardly a surprise. Apple is expected to unveil the worst-kept under wraps iPhone - the 4.7" iPhone 6. If we are to trust some previous rumors, the iWatch smartwatch will be joining the next generation iPhone as well. With the recent LG G Watch R announcement and the upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch, Apple should be in a hurry to capture some of the wearable momentum. It has already snagged a former Tag Heuer's VP of sales, another proof the iWatch announcement is happening sooner than later. Apple also acquired Beats Audio this year, so we might see some interesting results from this collaboration announced at the event, too. Hopefully Apple has managed to keep some key features a secret through all of those leaks and will manage to surprise us in ways that go beyond the sapphire glass. Finally, the iOS 8 is expected to start seeding to all compatible iDevices on September 9 as...

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